Family of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ star Kailia Posey reveals her cause of death

Kailia Posey, the 16-year-old star of “Toddlers & Tiaras,” died by suicide, her family said in a statement Wednesday.

“Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life,” the family said in a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday.

The family set up a donation fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation in her name to support other young people who are at risk of suicide.


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Posey’s family did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Her mother had shared news of her daughter’s death on social media on Monday.

“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Posey was best known for being featured in one episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras,” a TLC reality TV series that focused on the families of children who competed in beauty pageant competitions.

She became one of the most recognizable faces from the series after a photo of her reaction in an interview during the episode went viral.

Kailia Posey in "Toddlers & Tiaras."
Kailia Posey in “Toddlers & Tiaras.”TLC

In their statement, Posey’s family said “she won countless crowns and trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life. Most recently being named 2nd Runner-Up Miss Teen Washington. Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to professional touring job offers, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall.”

In her last Instagram post on April 23, Posey is seen wearing a red two-piece outfit, captioned: “None of your concern :)”

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

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